Students held a walkout to raise awareness of climate change during fourth hour at 10 a.m. today, Sept. 20.
The students congregated outside of the senior entrance and proceeded to march up Lockwood Avenue to City hall where they had speeches, chants and a “die in.” The protest was organized by seniors Patrick Lee, Quinn Coffman, Elise Keller and Ashley Cimerolli.
Webster’s strike was one of many in conjunction with the movement “Fridays for Future organization,” which was organized by Swedish 16 year old Greta Thunberg.
“I’ve seen things on social media and the news about what’s going on. . . and I really felt like it’s an important and powerful issue that really urgently needs to be addressed, and I couldn’t get it off my mind and when the State of the World climate strike popped up across social media I thought that was a great way to get the ball rolling,” Lee said.
Students had homemade signs urging people to recognize the severity of climate change.
“We Will Go Back 2 School The Moment You Start Listening To Science + Give Us A Future,” one sign said.
The walkout lasted from the commencement of fourth period and ended shortly before the hour ended, and students were rounded into the auditorium before the end of the hour as they got back to the school.
Photos by Jaden Fields and Elise Wilke-Grimm
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